At some point in an Alzheimer’s patient’s life they will need constant care and attention. With every aspect of daily living becoming harder to complete individually. Dementia is a progressive condition (meaning it gets worse over time) so it is important to establish a dental care regime at, or soon after, diagnosis.
Oral Care Tips
- Show the person how to brush his or her teeth by going step-by-step. For example, pick up the toothpaste, take the top off, put the toothpaste on the toothbrush, and then brush. Remember to let the person do as much as possible.
- Brush your teeth at the same time.
- Help the person clean his or her dentures. Make sure he or she uses the denture cleaning material the right way.
- Encourage the person to rinse his or her mouth with water after each meal.
- Try a long-handled, angled, or electric toothbrush, if you need to brush the person’s teeth.
- Take the individual to see a dentist. Some dentists specialize in treating people with Alzheimer’s. Be sure to follow the dentist’s advice about how often to make an appointment.